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Academic Instruction, Policies & Resources

UH revised the fall semester course delivery formats to respond to COVID-19 health and safety concerns. Student and faculty safety and well-being are our priority.

Modes of Instruction

Course delivery options in the fall prioritize student choice, accommodate health and safety concerns, and allow the University to make rapid adjustments should a COVID-19 resurgence require a return to full-remote operations.

Course Delivery Options


HyFlex courses have a safe number of students who learn face-to-face in a socially distanced classroom, with lectures being live-streamed to allow additional students to participate in the class remotely. Lectures are also recorded for viewing by students online at a later time if necessary, with additional course materials posted online that can be accessed at any time. Classrooms have been equipped with audio/visual technology to improve the student experience for those attending the online section of a HyFlex class.

Student enroll in a face-to-face or an online-only section of the class. Students enrolled in face-to-face sections of Hyflex courses can access the online version of the class at any point without changing the section in which they are registered. Given the reduced classroom capacity due to social distancing requirements, students cannot change their enrollment from online to face-to-face after the last day to enroll in fall courses. Face coverings are required for students attending face-to-face classes on campus, unless an exception has been granted. For students enrolled in online courses, a device with a microphone and webcam are required, such as a laptop, smartphone or tablet.

Synchronous Online

Synchronous online courses have no face-to-face classes but do meet at a particular day and time in a virtual classroom. All class materials are available online and virtual lectures may be recorded to provide additional flexibility for students to view them at a later time. To take an online course, a device with a microphone and webcam are required, such as a laptop, smartphone or tablet.

Asynchronous Online

Asynchronous online courses have no face-to-face classes or virtual meeting times. All class materials are available online at any time. To take an online course, a device with a microphone and webcam are required, such as a laptop, smartphone or tablet.

If you have specific questions or need clarification, please email for more information.

Classroom Configuration and Capacity

UH has reduced classroom capacity to accommodate social distancing requirements. Approximately 35% of the University’s total classroom space will be utilized in fall 2020. And with our HyFlex course delivery, the number of students taking face-to-face classes at peak hours is only 15% of normal or less.

  • The in-person section of a HyFlex class cannot exceed 50 students.
  • Classroom seating has been rearranged to maximize physical distancing of students and the professor.
  • Class times and classroom assignments have been made with every attempt to limit capacity and stagger traffic on campus and within buildings.

Interim Undergraduate Grading Policy

Due to the unique and unprecedented challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Houston is implementing an interim policy for undergraduate grades. The deadline for students to choose their grading option is December 23, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Learn More About the Interim Undergraduate Grading Policy >>

Excused Absence Policies

Regular class attendance, participation and engagement in coursework are important contributors to student success.

Learn Remotely

We want to help make the shift to online learning as seamless as possible by providing a few key tips and resources.

Teach Remotely

Deliver your classes online.
Learn About Teaching Online >>
Technology Guide for Faculty >>

Work Remotely

Make a flexible workplace arrangement.
COVID-19 Telecommuting Form >>
Technology Guide for Staff >>